Brady Quinn is primary backup for Broncos

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Q: Why hasn't Brady Quinn been cut? The Broncos would be better off carrying another defensive player than a third-string quarterback.

A: Not only are the Broncos carrying three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, they signed undrafted rookie quarterback Adam Weber​ to their practice squad.

That's a lot of quarterbacks for the limited amount of work anybody not named Kyle Orton is going to get during practices. But only one of those quarterbacks — second-year pro Tim Tebow — is under contract beyond this season.

If Orton gets hurt this season and has to leave a game for good or miss some playing time, Quinn is the primary backup. That's why Quinn, a former first-round draft pick from Notre Dame, wasn't released.

If Orton stays healthy this season, Tebow figures to get more playing time than Quinn because of the situational duties Tebow will have.

The Broncos have some plays in the offense specially designed for Tebow, run-pass options at various spots on the field. So look for Tebow to get some playing time even if Orton stays healthy.

During practices before each game, Orton will take almost all of the snaps with Denver's No. 1 offense. Quinn and Tebow will share whatever snaps are left.

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